Posts by Lisa Cummings

10 Cognitive Biases That Cramp Your Creativity At Work

  Confirmation Bias Short Definition Selective perception. Looking for affirmation of your beliefs, values, or hypotheses. Quick Example Soccer referee seeing fewer home team mistakes; teammate who ‘always does that.’ Creativity Cramping Example At Work You hear a rumor that your team’s highest profile project is getting cut. The next day, you see closed door…

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Engage Employees Through Strengths – With Grace Laconte

This Episode’s Focus On Strengths Grace Laconte joins us to help you lead through your strengths at work. You’ll find this episode especially useful if you manage a team or if you’re struggling to relate to colleagues. She also gives excellent insight into employee engagement.   6 Things You’ll Learn In This Episode Know You’re In Your Strengths Zone. What…

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Use Strengths To Create Customer Moments – With Mike Ganino

This Episode’s Focus On Strengths Mike Ganino joins us to help you lead through your strengths at work. You’ll find this episode especially useful if you manage a team and you’re trying to create a better culture at work–one that your customers can feel too. You’ll also love this episode if you’re fun and you like people who…

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Stop Selling Your Ideas At Work – With Ian Altman

This Episode’s Focus On Strengths Ian Altman joined me to bust the myth that you’re always selling ideas at work. In this episode, you’ll see instead how you should stop trying to persuade and convince. Stop trying to push your solution. Stop focusing on your value. And start focusing on their problems. Start serving them from…

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Do More of What Fuels You

  The other day I noticed that my knee hurt when I did a crooked lunge during my workout. My first response was to try walking lunges, reverse lunges, regular lunges, and every angle possible. Without thinking about it, I was experimenting to see if I could replicate the pain.   What was the best…

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Influence Through Your Strengths

  Ahhhh, relationships. They can make work a pain. Or they can make it beautiful. This week, pump up your relationship-quotient by focusing on not just what gets done, but how it gets done through one of your Top 5 Talent Themes.   Your Goal?   Watch How Your Talents Impact Your Relationships For example, do you…

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Execute With Your Top Talents

  So you took the StrengthsFinder assessment. Is it hiding in a desk drawer somewhere? Don’t let this performance enhancing drug slip out of your hands. That’s right, it’s like doing steroids at work, only it’s legal. This week, pump up your execution by focusing on getting things done through one of your Top 5…

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Link Your Strengths To Your Performance

  Pick one of your Top 5 StrengthsFinder Talent Themes and analyze it this week. In every meeting. With every task. Give it 30 itty-bitty seconds of your time to ask how this talent shows up on you.   Your Goal?   Watch how that Talent Theme influences your thinking and decision making. For example,…

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How do you ask someone to mentor you? And find a good fit?

  This Episode’s Question I have a question about finding a mentor. I hear consistently that it’s an exceptional tool for professional development. I’m not sure where to find one…and if I do find one, how can I make sure they’re a good fit?   What You’ll Learn – How to ask a mentor for their time…

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